People evacuated near burning restaurant at Airlie Beach

POLICE found a restaurant on fire at Airlie Beach this morning

Around 1.55am, police patrolling on Airlie Esplanade noticed smoke coming from a restaurant.

People staying in a nearby back packers and a hotel were evacuated, but have since been able to return to their accommodation before the fire was extinguished.

No one has suffered any injures as a result of the fire.

Police will guard the scene until specialist officers attend later this morning.

Investigations into the cause of the fire are continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.

Topics:  airlie beach evacuation fire qps

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